Communication and Culture | Current Topics in Communication and Culture (Topic: Popular Culture and Celebrity)
C334 | 8100 | Bowdre, K.

TuTh, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, C2 203
Required film screening: Tu, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, C2 100

Carries COLL Intensive Writing Credit

Instructor: Karen Bowdre
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 235
Phone: 855-0530

Contemporary discourses in the popular media construct the
international obsession with celebrity as being different from times
past.  However, such an approach ignores that celebrity operated
quite powerfully in the early twentieth century and was not
exclusively focused on film stars.  In this course, we will examine
the development of celebrity throughout last century and into the
present.  The class will interrogate the construction and nature of
celebrity from television and film stars to sports figures.  We will
also engage with essays from scholars such as Richard Dyer, Jackie
Stacey, and Graeme Turner.

The required screenings and readings for this course will include
but are not limited to films, television series, and scholarly
essays. Students will be expected to write and present response
papers throughout the semester, attend regular screenings,
participate in classroom discussions, and write a final semester
research essay.

This class will be a mixture of lecture, small group discussion, and
required weekly film screenings.  Your full participation involves
listening to lectures and fellow students’ arguments in small or
large groups and giving feedback.  Your attendance and participation
is mandatory.